The Working Internationally Regional Project (WIRP) is funded by Arts Council England’s Museum Resilience Fund. It is led by ICOM UK in partnership with the National Museum Directors' Council (NMDC), the British Council, and Heritage Without Borders (HWB).

The aim of the WIRP is to develop the long-term capacity for regional and local museums and galleries to work internationally. This will be achieved through developing the necessary skills, knowledge, and confidence of those embarking on international work.

Museums and galleries can participate and gain maximum benefit from the programme by:

  • Attending regional workshops to develop the skills and confidence to work internationally.
  • Accessing a wealth of information on working internationally through the online resources and case studies on the ICOM UK website.
  • Applying for a small international travel grant to develop an international partnership or project.

The WIRP will run until April 2017. Workshops will take place each year between September and January

  • Case Studies

    A collection of case studies that highlight the variety of international work taking place across museums and galleries, and which also provide useful advice and a valuable insight for museum and galleries embarking on international work.

    Case Studies

  • Guidance Articles

    Covering a wide variety of topics related to working internationally, this collection of guidance articles provides advice and top tips for museums and galleries embarking on international work.

    Guidance Articles

  • Useful Contacts


    A list of UK and international organisations who can provide information and support on working internationally.

    Useful Contacts

  • Funding

    Information on the WIRP International Travel Grant Scheme, and other potential sources of funding for working internationally.


  • International Touring Exhibitions


    Resources and information on international touring exhibitions produced in collaboration with the British Council.

    International Touring Exhibitions